Marcus Patterson needed to take a year off following an injury, but he came back stronger than ever.
Marcus Patterson had wrapped up his one and only season in England where he would find some success post-college. The 6-foot-4 guard would spend time with the University of East London. He would also suit up for the East London All-Star of the England National Basketball League following his stint with the University of East London.
Following his successes with the University of East London, Patterson got a cup of coffee with the London Lions of the BBL. It was the first professional team that the Bronx guard was able to be a part of and he learned a lot about the game during his time with them.
Patterson also would suffer an injury that would prevent him from progressing and receiving a professional contract following the year in England. Instead, he would return back to the states and continue to improve.
“I came back from England and started to train, workout, and perfect my craft. It was hard being away from the game, but I needed to get better to receive another opportunity.”
Patterson would continue to improve and relentlessly tried to find a home to continue his journey. He admitted it was tough at first.
“Seeing everyone go back and play was kind of tough,” Patterson said. “But I knew that I could get to where I wanted to be if I kept putting the work in.”
In addition to continuing his craft on the basketball court, the 6-foot-4 guard was hard at work getting himself out there.
“I had gone on the EuroBasket’s database. I emailed hundreds of coaches and reached out on LinkedIn and Facebook, and nothing. It would not stop me, though.”
The Sage graduate had received a tip of advice to enroll in the EuroBasket Portugal Tour 2019 where players compete against Portugal’s top teams. This was Patterson’s chance to impress and he did just that.
Patterson showed good ability to finish and also lock down the opposing team which led to him receiving his first professional contract from Portimonense SC, a first-tier team in Portugal. He did not disappoint, finishing on the All Portuguese First Division All-Import Team and All Portuguese First Division Second Team. He would also finish seventh in the league’s most valuable player voting.
Patterson is not under contract for this year coming up but is open to the option of returning to Portimonense.
Truitt Battin, The Soccer Star Making a Positive Impact
Actors. Singers. Teachers. Doctors. Detectives. Authors. Businessmen. Cricketers. Footballers.
From the surface, having a stellar career and making an unparalleled reputation in the respective fields seems like a very easy job. But there is so much more than just glitz and glam for making a mark in an industry. Regardless of the field, to be known for doing something great, a whole lot of dedication and hard work is required.
There was a time when “making a career” in any field was very limited, but fortunately, today, the options to step in a field, professionally, are infinite. And it is all thanks to the trailblazers the world has blessed us with.
These are the people we follow, look up to, and get our inspirations from. Why? It’s simple and very clear, they are the ones making a positive impact, not on just one person, but hundreds and thousands of individuals across the world. And when it comes to soccer’s beloved star, Truitt Battin, the story is no different. With the dream to be a footballer from when he was just six years old, Battin has taken the idea of being an inspiration to people up a notch.
“My parents liked the name, as well as he [was] a good Christian guy, so that’s how I got my name.”
Funnily enough, Battin’s name came from an inspiration itself! His parents couldn’t decide what to name him until they came upon an article on Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy. Who knew that he would one day become a muse, too, one who would be known throughout the world for spreading positivity!
Battin wasn’t just interested in playing soccer from when he was a kid. He knew that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Soccer was more than just a game to Battin, and he wanted to be a part of it forever.
Battin grew up with the burning passion for being a great soccer star, and he was aware that he had the skills to be one. But he was also aware of the requisites and hassles that the game would demand of him. And that is when he began working his way to the top.
His first step was to polish the skills he owned, improve them and learn more. Not only did he put in endless hours to fulfill the demands, but he also began following a strict training schedule. This is probably one of the many things that distinguishes him from other players. Battin realized from a very early age that the game wasn’t just about the flashes and shimmers. Instead, it took a lot of courage and steadfastness to be a prominent figure in the soccer world, and because of that, he is known for his speed, vision on the field, and being able to cut in and out left and right with the ball and being able to shoot at any time.
Battin leaped at his career as an attacking threat and performed exceptionally well in all the games that he played. He was just 11 when he was offered to play for Red Star Belgrade! Several other clubs were also interested in hiring Battin as a player, but FIFA rules made switching quite challenging.
Every summer, Battin is invited to Europe to play pro for Red Star, FK Partizan, and some other teams. He continually plays there to work on his skills on and off the ball. He has also been invited to play and train at FIFA headquarters in Serbia with some of the best soccer players from around the world.
As of today, Battin plays professional soccer in Croatia. Prior to that, he was a player in Switzerland for FC Sion and in Serbia for Red Star and FK Partizan. Battin is currently one of the seven USA pro-FIFA soccer players playing in Europe.
But the field isn’t the only place where Battin has become a prominent sensation. The young star is also consistently being highlighted as an online influence who is sharing his everyday life experiences in an attempt to share positivity and happiness throughout the globe.
Battin knows that people look up to celebrity stars for encouragement and support, which is why, through sharing his experiences, he aims at motivating his fans. Through his social media accounts, Battin is constantly trying to bring hope in this dark world!
Truitt Battin is not just a stellar soccer player, but an inspiration and a ray of hope, for all those who are looking for a little push to take their careers forward and make their marks!
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